Unang Anibersaryo

13 06 2007

Last Monday marked the first year of my moving here in Melbourne.  I texted the most important people in my life as early as Sunday to let them know what the day meant.

It’s been a very interesting ride.  And I don’t blame myself for not anticipating most of the challenges of the past year.

I think the reason why I found this adventure so difficult to conquer was because I was foolish to want to conquer it in the first place.  I refused to let it change me.  Now that I’m slowly learning to accept what it represents and the way it has altered my life, I feel more comfortable and bolder.

The process I went through was definitely uncomfortable, and painful at worst, but there was no other way to it.  There are some events which transpired that I sometimes wish never happened at all, because they left a mark on me.  A mark which still makes me cower in fear or insecurity sometimes.  But I can’t erase them even though I still continually process them to see the wisdom in each.

One year after, I’m at that point again, so many changes coming my way in a few weeks.  I’ve accepted a job offer for a permanent position in another company and am moving to a new house.  I know this new job and environment are no guarantee that work life will be better, but at least I’ll be armed with a more grounded view.  And one thing I’ve proven the past year is that, things always get better, they’re bound to eventually, no matter how long the misfortune lasts.

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At Last

13 06 2007

To everyone who threw good luck my way, thank you very much. Looks like your prayers and good wishes worked because we got the house ;P. Oh yes we got the house =).

I was salvaged from one major heartbreak. I’m so in love with the place it’s hard to describe the feeling. I just feel so at home inside it and the smell of the staircase going up reminds me of my nana’s house, a mixture of ylangylang and wood.

The long weekend was spent furniture shopping. We’ve got all the basics covered; beds, a sofa, an entertainment unit, a trunk to use as coffee table, a console table, a dining table, two dining chairs (we’re planning to scour second-hand shops to get the rest), a shoe cabinet, several bar stools, a bookcase, washer, dryer and fridge. All the furniture are made of wood because we wanted to stick with a rustic beach house theme. It’s been costly but it’s worth it. I haven’t seen the furniture in place yet because most of them will only be delivered this weekend but I can already imagine how they’ll all look together.

I love decorating it, I feel like I’m living out my interior designer dreams by furnishing this new house. And yes, I revere it that much that I won’t ever call it just an “apartment” but a “house.” A proper house.

Some people may consider buying a car, traveling abroad, renovating their bathroom (seriously!) or buying a piece of land as their first real grown-up achievement in life. Furnishing this house and designing it is mine. With heaps of help from Melanie of course.